Contents


Precious Stones

Imperial Spoils: The Curious Case of the Elgin Marbles by Christopher Hitchens, with essays by Robert Browning, by Graham Binns

The Elgins, 1766–1917: A Tale of Aristocrats, Proconsuls and Their Wives by Sydney Checkland

Democrats on the Take

Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in America by David Vogel

Honest Graft: Big Money and the American Political Process by Brooks Jackson

The Real Japan

The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation by Karel van Wolferen

Trading Places: How We Allowed Japan to Take the Lead by Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr.

Artemisia’s Revenge?

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art by Mary D. Garrard

Pietro Testa, 1612–1650: Prints and Drawings (November–December 1988) by Elizabeth Cropper catalog of an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with essays by Charles Dempsey, by Francesco Solinas, by Anna Nicolò, by Francesca Consagra

Contributors

Simon Leys (1935–2014) was the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was a professor of Chinese studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. Leys’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, Le Figaro Littéraire, and other periodicals. Among his books are The Hall of Uselessness (NYRB Classics), Chinese Shadows, Other People’s Thoughts, and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper. In 1996 he delivered the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Boyer Lectures. His many awards include the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Femina, the Prix Guizot, and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

Fang Lizhi, an astrophysicist and former vice-president of the University of Science and Technology of China, was expelled from the Communist Party of China in 1987. He was granted asylum at the US embassy in Beijing before leaving the country in 1990. He is the 1989 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and is a professor of physics at the University of Arizona. (November 2011)

Roderick Macfarquhar is Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard. His most recent publication as editor and contributor is The Politics of China: Sixty Years of the People’s Republic of China. (March 2014)

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His most recent book is Stolen Glimpses, Captive ­Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.


Orville Schell is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US–China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City, and the coauthor with John Delury of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century. (October 2014)

Robert Towers (1923–1995) was an American critic and novelist. Born in Virginia, Towers was educated at Princeton and served for two years as Vice Counsel at the American Consulate General in Calcutta before dedicating himself to literary studies. He taught English literature and creative writing at Princeton, Queens College and Columbia.

Bernard Williams (1929–2003) was Deutsch Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His books include *Problems of the Self*, *Moral Luck*, *Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy*, and *Truth and Truthfulness*.